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FROM READERS: Shooting competition benefits Food Bank

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Brian Hopper, left, won high-over-all honors in the 19th annual Rock Bridge Lions Clay Shoot on Saturday at River Hills Sporting Clays facility near Boonville. He and his fiancee, Angel Carr, also took second place honors in a division of the Two-Man Scramble game.

Scott Gordon is the communications coordinator for the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

It was a big day on Saturday for Columbia shooter Brian Hopper as he topped 142 other competitors in the Sporting Clays division to win high-over-all honors at the 19th Annual Rock Bridge Lions Club Clay Shoot.

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Besides posting the top overall score, Hopper and a teammate also broke a perfect 75 of 75 targets to win Flight A in the Two-Man Scramble event. And he and his fiancée, Angel Carr of Kingdom City, tied for first place in Flight E in the Scramble.

An estimated 255 contestants entered the two-tournament event at River Hills Sporting Clays range and helped raise an estimated $20,000-plus for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The Clay Shoot is one of the largest charity shooting events in the region.

Shooting for food

“It was a tremendous success,” said Food Bank Executive Director Peggy Kirkpatrick afterward. "We won’t know the final amount of money raised for a few days, but we know it is well over $20,000.”

At the post-event awards ceremony, Kirkpatrick reminded the crowd that the Food Bank will leverage each dollar to make it do the work of $15 in putting food on the tables of hungry central and northeast Missouri children and adults. One person of every six in the Food Bank’s 32-county service area is below the poverty level. The Food Bank provides free food to about 110,000 people a month through 131 agency partners and other programs.

The high turnout of contestants at Saturday’s shotgun-shooting contest was seen as more than just generosity for those served by the Food Bank. It also signals a strong backing for Second Amendment rights, the director said.

“Everyone from our many sponsors to the shooters themselves are extremely generous people,” Kirkpatrick stated. “This is not only a tremendous boost for helping those in need of food, but a tremendous positive tribute to people who own and legally use guns.”

Payout to nine classes is a record

For the first time in the event’s history, winning payouts were made to contestants in nine classes. Hopper broke 91 of 100 targets to pace Flight A in the Sporting Clays event. Jim Cook of Hallsville won Flight B with 76. Brandon Bothwell of Mooresville was the winner of Flight C with 68, and Dale Ruether of Marthasville hit 66 to win Flight D. Mike Johnson of Robertsville won a five-way tie to lead Flight E with 57 breaks. Flight F winner was J.V. Scofield, John Kraus of Jefferson City won Flight G after tying with Russ Chambers of Columbia with 47s. Flights H and I were won by Mike Cupp with 39 and Paul Lucas with 30. First place was worth $100 cash, second $75 and third, $50.

In the Two-Man Scramble, Hopper and Warrenton teammate Mark Gamel captured Flight A honors with a perfect score of 75 out of 75. Flight B went to 66 carded by Brandon and Adam Faerber of Hermann; Flight C was won by Nick Bryson of Columbia and Scott Baldridge of Harrisburg with 62. John and Cole Staats of Rocheport won Flight D after a six-way tie with 57. Scott Simpson and Ross Hudson of Fayette won Flight E with 52. Ryan Hudson and Matt Bolles of Higbee won Flight F with a 45/75. Cash prizes were $150 for the first-place teams, $100 for second and $50 for third.

More results and photos can be found on the Food Bank’s Facebook page.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's howSupervising editor is Joy Mayer.


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